My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy and with helping people can be summarized with the following quote by Dr. Maya Angelou, which is as follows; "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." I believe that each individual desires and needs to be truly seen and accepted by at least one person in their lives. Yet the fear of rejection prevents us from sharing our vulnerabilities which creates barriers to intimacy. My intention with each client or couple is to create a safe space in which you can be truly heard. I believe the therapeutic relationship is one of sacred trust. I specialize in helping people with uncovering underlying emotions contributing to disconnection in relationships or marriage. Identifying core issues triggering anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, low self-worth, codependency, anger, and crisis. I am experienced in working with individuals struggling with individual and generational trauma, mood disorders, and interpersonal conflicts and marital discord. I would love to help you work through issues that are preventing you from living the life you want.
More Info About My Practice
I work primarily with adults (individuals and couples) and I specialize in treating relationship problems, trauma, self-esteem, codependency issues, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, and grief. Helping you to uncover underlying emotions, beliefs, fears, and barriers to living your best life is what I do best. I am extensively trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), EFT (Emotional Focused Couples Therapy, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.
My intention is to use therapeutic techniques to address the issues that bring you to therapy. Whether you are suffering from disconnection in your marriage, family, or other interpersonal relationship issues; I believe I am uniquely qualified to help and to do so in a collaborative way. If you are experiencing difficulty getting out of bed due to feelings of despair, are self-sabotaging with anger and resentment, feel paralyzed with loneliness, and anxiety, I am here to help. We will work together to help you overcome the sadness, frustration, and loss of happiness you may be experiencing.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I was born in Jamaica and I emigrated to live in Montreal, Canada when I was 11 years old. I was raised by my maternal grandparents. I am a citizen of three countries and I enjoy traveling extensively. I understand the struggle to reunite families that have been separated. I have struggled and worked through issues of parental abandonment and learned to create a life I love and appreciate daily. I have worked through the grief and loss divorce, separation of family, and self-blame to a happy and healthy marriage. I understand what it means to be part of a blended, multicultural family, the struggle to be accepted, and ultimately learning to accept myself. I am a stepmother and can relate to the fear of rejection and ultimately learned that loving unconditionally means just that, radically accepting that one cannot control others our job is to love them anyway. These experiences have helped to shape my view of others, to offer you a non-judgmental environment in which you will be listened to and respected. I have always enjoyed listening to and learning from others and believe that each person has something to offer this planet. I offer supportive feedback and encouragement and I will challenge some long-held views that may be impeding your growth. Together we will work to create the changes you desire by creating a more positive point of view.
I believe that while the relationship we have with others adds to our happiness and sense of connection, the ultimate relationship we need to nurture is the one we have with ourselves. When we are able to view ourselves as worthy, as deserving, as good, as loving, and as beautiful as we view others, we are then able to attract that which we seek into our lives.